Goa is one of the most happening & visited destinations in India, as you travel to Goa first picture that comes into your mind is tourist relaxing on sandy beaches near the blue sky. Goa is the ultimate destination for a lively vacation. Not just a urbanized state with a vibrant nightlife and lively culture Goa is also a naturalist’s haven. Goa Beaches make for that perfect picture postcard setting that enchants tourists.
The beaches in Goa are one of the finest in the world and are an absolute delight for beach lovers. Goa has a long stretch of coastline of about 131 km and you will be enchanted by the beautiful beaches in Goa. A salubrious climate, friendly people, appetizing food, white-washed churches and a fascinating aura of the colonial times lends an unprecedented touch to this small state of western India.
How to reach Goa
Goa by Air
The Goa international airport is located at Dabolim, located at a distance of 29 km from Panaji, The airport connects the domestic cities as well as international cities in U.K. and Germany. Indian Airlines offers direct planes from Delhi and Mumbai regularly. Air India also offers air services to Goa.
Goa by Rail
Reaching Goa is made very easy with the first-rate rail network. In fact, reaching Goa by train is quite simple from the metropolitan cities of Mumbai (490 km), Bangalore (430 km), and Delhi (1,874 km). The major railway stations in Goa are Margao, also known as Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama. These stations are in the Konkan railway line and are well connected to Mumbai and other parts of the country.
Goa by Road
An excellent road system links the various parts of the state of Goa. Kadamba bus stand of Panaji is the main bus station. The state owned bus services of states Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka operate from this station. These buses connect cities in Goa to in and out of the state Goa. Super deluxe A/C buses are available from Mumbai (580 km) and from Bangalore (650 km).
Ship services plying between Bombay and Goa are organized by Damania. Frank Shipping operates a boat service linking Mumbai and Panaji.
Goa weather – Best time to visit Goa
- Summer (March to May) is hot in Goa but the sea breeze offers solace to the heat. The maximum temperature reaches up to 40°C. During this time the place has fewer crowd.
- Winter (October to February) offers pleasant weather and is a peak season for tourists and festivities. It is ideal for perfect holidays and honeymoons. The minimum temperature goes down to 15°C. Sea beaches, sightseeing and water sports can be best enjoyed during this time.
- Monsoon (June to September) offer heavy to medium rainfalls. The place has its own charm during monsoons, lush greenery and rural holiday in the interiors can be enjoyed during this period.
Tourist Attraction in Goa
Everyone knows Goa tourist attractions are its sunny golden beaches. But beaches are not the only tourist attraction of Goa. Goa is an old city having its own traditions, culture, architecture and its share of monuments.
It is the capital of Goa and has many tourist attraction of Goa. It is situated on the banks of River Mandovi. Panaji has many renowned Churches and buildings built in Gothic style. The must see of the Panaji are the Chapel of St. Sebastian, the Goa State Museum, the Secretariat building, the statue of Abbe Faria.
Old Goa :
Old Goa is the home of many old and famous churches. Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan, Church of St. Augustine Ruins, Church and Convent of St. Monica, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Chapel of St. Anthony and Chapel of St. Catherine are among the those old churches. The holy Basilica of Bom Jesus is a famous pilgrimage for Roman Catholics.
Mahalaxami Temple :
It is the very famous place of worship for Hindus in Goa devoted to Goddess Laxami, goddess of wealth.
Mangeshi Temple :
It is the very famous temple of Goa.
Se Cathedral: Very good example of Portuguese-Gothic architecture. It is known to be the largest church in Goa.
Beaches in Goa
Anjuna Beach is known for it palms fringed edges , soft sands and natural beauty. Anjuna beach stretches 30km along the west coast of Goa. Accommodation is available in the local houses. There are some resorts and guest houses at the main Starco’s crossroads.
This is one of the finest beaches of southern Goa and is recognized for its white sand that faces the blue bay between the two headlands. Apart from the sun and sand, you can also find several shacks that sell seafood snacks, souvenirs, and clothes of the shapeless, bright, informal kind.
Benaulim, is basically a fishing beach and relatively undiscovered by domestic tourists. Nevertheless, it gets fairly packed during weekends and evenings with local visitors who get off buses about a kilometer away and head for the beach.
Colva is one of the finest beaches of Goa, located in the northern end of this long, incessant strip of coastline and has a stream coursing through it and backed by palm cloves at the backdrop.
Dona Paula is an ideal lover’s spot with little bay and tiny beach. An apt retreat for the water adventure lovers you can spot the water scooters and speedboats buzz across the bay. This beach is famous for the love story of a maiden who fell in love with a handsome man below her status and committed suicide by jumping into the deep ditch.
Aguada beach is dominated by the battlements of the Old Portuguese Fort Aguada. It has a pristine ambiance and is famous as a swimmers’ beach with well-heeled tourists. It goes all the way to the mouth of the Baga River and is also one of the most famous ones among the beaches of Goa.
Majorda is located at a distance of 18 km from Dabolim Airport and connected to Margao by buses, motorcycle taxis, and taxis. The sands of Majorda are not as white as those of Colva. It is a quiet and calm beach which is not crowded. Here people relax under beach umbrellas and recline on pool chairs.
Miramar beach is 3 km from Panaji and spreads beyond a small forest of casuarinas. This is a popular beach with joggers, strollers, children, and careful paddlers. However, it is not considered safe for swimmers.